shaft´like´

shaft «shaft, shahft», noun, verb.
–n.
1. a bar to support parts of a machine that turn, or to help move parts such as gears or pulleys, or to transmit power from one part of a machine to another, such as the drive shaft of an automobile.
2. a deep passage sunk in the earth. The entrance to a mine is called a shaft. »

He had been caught by a landslide in a tiny shaft of the cave (Newsweek).

3. a passage that is like a well; long, narrow space: »

an elevator shaft.

4. the long, slender stem of an arrow, spear, or lance.
5. an arrow, spear, or lance.
6. Figurative. something aimed at a person like an arrow or spear: »

shafts of ridicule. A shield against its shafts of doubt (John Greenleaf Whittier). The shaft of love…had struck me (Arnold Bennett).

7. a) a ray or beam of light. b) Figurative: »

[His] observations are a refreshing and badly needed shaft of common sense (Wall Street Journal).

8. one of the two wooden poles between which a horse is harnessed to a carriage or other vehicle.
9. the main part of a column or pillar.
10. a) a column. b) a column or obelisk erected as a memorial. c) = flagpole. (Cf.flagpole) d) the part of a candlestick that supports the branches.
11. the long, straight handle as of a hammer, ax, or golf club: »

the shaft of an umbrella.

12. a stem; stalk: »

... the symmetrical shaft of the cocoanut tree (Herman Melville).

13. the rib of a feather.
14. a fiber of human hair.
15. the long part of a bone.
–v.t.
1. to fit (an arrowhead, weapon, or tool) with a shaft.
2. to propel (a barge or the like) with a pole.
3. Slang. to take unfair advantage of; victimize: »

“If you shaft somebody who is down…then other people know they're going to get shafted, too” (New Yorker).

[Old English sceaft]
shaft´like´, adjective.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • shaft — [shaft, shäft] n. [ME schaft < OE sceaft, akin to Ger schaft < IE base * (s)kap , to cut with a sharp tool > SHAVE, Gr skapos, rod, L scapus, shaft, stalk] 1. a) the long stem or body of an arrow or spear b) an arrow or spear 2. a… …   English World dictionary

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  • shaft — I. noun (plural shafts) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English sceaft; akin to Old High German scaft shaft, Latin scapus shaft, stalk, Greek skēptesthai to prop oneself, lean Date: before 12th century 1. a. (1) the long handle of a spear or… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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